WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re learning more tonight about the investigation of a Laney High School assistant principal. Last week we told you a criminal investigation into Robin Lamberty has been closed, but the New Hanover County School Board is still looking into what’s happening.
The school board won’t say much about its investigation, but a report from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office shows deputies there were looking into allegations that came from a day at the beach.
The incident report says investigators were looking into underage drinking involving two young men, Travis Keys and Antwan Bosier, and Lamberty over Memorial Day weekend.
Deputies interviewed two witnesses who say they saw Lamberty and the two young men drinking alcohol, dancing and holding hands on a boat off a Pender County beach May 29.
One witness was New Hanover High Boys Basketball Coach Kirk Angel, who said he recognized the boys as players for an opposing school. He said there was no doubt in his mind that both Keys and Bosier were drinking alcohol. He also said that Lamberty’s behavior with the two boys was not appropriate in his opinion.
Another witness said she worked with Lamberty at Laney and was devastated by what she saw, including Lamberty kissing one of the boys. Melissa Pitz said she saw Lamberty leaning up against one of the boys, kissing him for about ten minutes on the beach and provided pictures taken a distance from the boat.
When detectives spoke with the two boys, they both denied drinking at the beach.
After investigators questioned Keys about the kissing incident, he said it never happened. He refused to take a lie detector test because he said he did nothing wrong.
Investigators also interviewed Lamberty and her attorney. The deputies told them they could not prove what the teenagers were drinking, so they closed the case.
A spokeswoman for New Hanover County Schools says the investigation into Lamberty continues, so they can not give details on what they know. She says Lamberty is still on paid leave.
We tried to reach Lamberty today, but she has not returned our call.